Unai Emery hails Arsenal for 'growing up under pressure' after Europa win


Arsenal take on a Napoli side who narrowly missed out on qualification from the Champions League group stage after finishing third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.

The Europa League draw on Friday nicely allowed the two London sides to be separated all the way to the final, should they both proceed through the next two knockout rounds.

As Unai Emery's men trailed 2-0 after their first-leg defeat at the Roazhon Park, the London club rose to the occasion when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

The French-born Gabon global was also involved in Arsenal's second 10 minutes later, although Rennes were right to feel aggrieved that the goal was allowed to stand.

Aubameyang kept Ramsey's pass in play, but the Gabonese striker looked to be stood in an offside position before picking out Maitland-Niles at the back post.

"It was very clearly an injustice, it was a manifest error", Stéphan said.

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"There was no need for the VAR to see the offside".

Aubameyang had not scored in the competition since September so breaking his duck to get Arsenal up and running was timely, then he struck again late on for his sixth brace of the season in all competitions.

Rennes were again unhappy with the Latvian officiating team when Alexandre Lacazette escaped a second yellow card before the French global was replaced by Alex Iwobi.

Having saved the day for the Gunners, Aubameyang saw it fit to masquerade in a hero's outfit and went ahead to put on a mask of popular Marvel superhero Black Panther. "The next match is the most important for us", Emery said.

"I needed a mask that would represent me", Aubameyang told BT Sport. "Black Panther.in Africa and Gabon we are called the Black Panthers so it represents me - that's it".

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has claimed that the competitiveness of the Premier League is the reason behind English clubs' success in European competition this season.